by Anne Das
In the spirit of unity and cultural appreciation, SK Marian Convent in Ipoh recently hosted a vibrant event titled the Cross-Cultural Unity Program and Chinese New Year Celebration. This event exemplified the school’s commitment to fostering understanding and harmony among its diverse student body.
The event kicked off with the arrival of guests and VIPs, including representatives from the local government and community leaders. The atmosphere was electric as students of all ethnicities gathered to witness the captivating Lion Dance performance, accompanied by the beats of traditional drums. The air was filled with excitement and anticipation.
During the event, the Headmistress of Marian Convent School, and Ipoh City Councillor, Lam Yew Tact delivered meaningful speeches, emphasising the importance of embracing cultural diversity and fostering mutual respect among students.
Puan Hindon Binti Wahid, the Headmistress of SK Marian Convent Ipoh, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to celebrate the diversity of our school community through events like the Cross-Cultural Unity Program and Chinese New Year Celebration. In today’s interconnected world, it is crucial for students to understand and appreciate each other’s cultures. This not only enriches their educational experience but also lays the foundation for more harmonious relationships in the future.”
Lam Yew Tact, Ipoh City Council councillor conveyed heartfelt congratulations to Marian Convent School, saying, ” I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Marian Convent School for its commendable efforts in fostering unity and understanding among its students. Events like these are important in promoting cultural appreciation and inclusivity. By embracing diversity and encouraging dialogue, Marian Convent School is shaping a generation of young leaders who will contribute to a more united and harmonious society.”
The program also included some activities where students had the opportunity to delve into the customs and traditions of the Chinese community. From learning about the significance of the Year of the Wood Dragon to participating in the time-honoured Yee Sang Toss, students were immersed in a hands-on cultural experience that broadened their understanding of the festival.
Throughout the event, students of all backgrounds mingled and exchanged stories, it was evident that the event had succeeded in fostering a sense of unity and inclusivity among participants. As the festivities drew to a close, the Headmistress expressed her gratitude to everyone who had contributed to making the event a resounding success.
The Cross-Cultural Unity Program and Chinese New Year Celebration at Marian Convent School serves as a shining example of the power of education to bridge divides and celebrate diversity. Through events like these, schools can continue to nurture a generation of global citizens who embrace and respect the richness of Malaysia’s cultural heritage.